Today in Japan: Archives

Bodhisattvas massaging each other at the Temple of a Thousand Bodhisattvas, Daishoji, Ishikawa, Japan.

Emperor and Empress dolls on display for Hina Matsuri (Girls Festival).

Ume (plum) blossoms at Kenrokuen, KAnazawa, the third most beautiful garden in Japan.

A mendicant (begging) Buddhist monk outside of Kiyomizudera, Kyoto, Japan.

Giant octopus kites at the Uchinada International Kite Festival.

A group of young Kabuki actresses saying thanks to the crowd at the Komatsu Children’s Kabuki Festival.

Some high school sumo wrestlers fight it out on Sunday at the Kanazawa High School Sumo Tournament.

An artist creates a Nanga ink painting at the Tokyo National Museum.

A beautiful Asiatic lily growing at Shirakawa-go.

Rice ripening in a field near my apartment.

December 2007

The beautiful Okayama Castle.

An island sanctuary near Tojinbo, a section of cliffs in Fukui Prefecture, on a beautiful and strangely warm December day. Click for the whole picture.


A view of the beautiful Ikutsukushima Shrine, dedicated to the sea. You can take a boat ride through the shrine gate at high tide!


The annual Fireman’s Parade at Kanazawa Castle Park. Agile firemen dressed in traditional costumes prove their worth with acrobatic stunts atop tall bamboo ladders.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mark
    Mar 28, 2009 @ 04:38:20

    Wow I must say the sceneary looks fantastic in Japan.


  2. pixen
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 23:41:50

    Hi MS… Love reading your blog. Really made me longing to visit Japan as soon my son’s grow older.

    PS. Thank you for visiting my blog too. Do keep me posted of your latest development.


  3. david
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 23:37:44

    Thanks for these direct, most interesting photos. They remind me of 7 years I spent in Japan. I like unprocessed, unphotoshopped photos the best because they bring up the most authentic emotion. You can remember the tired feet, cross-cultural frustrations, paying an NHK tax, any inconveniences, together with the strange, deeply civilized beauty of Japanese people and landscape. The everyday sense of being long past any vacation or honeymoon with Japan often broke into joy that could surprise you at any ordinary moment of the most banal train ride to work. “Japan exists! How wonderful and strange!” Is that true for you, too?


  4. batikmania
    May 28, 2010 @ 23:55:48

    Beautiful sights of Japan. Wanna visit it someday ;)


  5. beansprowtcrocodile
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 11:37:46

    I’ve always wanted to go, and seeing pics from an insider’s point of view of the things you don’t normally notice – they are awesome. Want to go so badly!!


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